Grower Website Valenciso Region: Spain - La Rioja

VALENCISO was born in 1998 when Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso (Valen-Ciso, Val-en-THEECE-oh), Rioja natives with extensive experience in the region, joined their surnames to make a single wine in the winery of their dreams in La Rioja Alta.

Minority partners include former managers of Radoux, makers of the finest French oak barriques, and growers in the best areas of the Rioja Alta.

Valenciso’s objective is to produce a limited number of wines of the highest quality and authenticity. The flagship wine is released as Reserva. The very best Tempranillo grapes come from mature, low-yielding vineyards. Careful harvesting is timed to capture the intensity of the fruit, while avoiding over ripeness or excessive alcohol levels. Aromatic lift rather than physical weight – in the manner of French Burgundy and the greatest Riojas of the past – is the Valenciso ideal. Aging takes place in the finest cork-grade (flor) French oak barriques, one-third replaced each year. Time in oak depends upon vintage characteristics and is determined after exhaustive tasting. The Valenciso wines are balanced offering early accessibility, structure, fresh acidity and fruit intensity promising many years of bottle evolution.

Cement tanks are used for winemaking because they respect the vividness and contribute to the wine’s longevity. Aging in French oak barrels gives elegance and richness.

COUNTRY SPAIN
REGION LA RIOJA
APPELLATION D.O.C. RIOJA, SUB APPELLATION Rioja Alta
PROPRIETORS Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso
FOUNDED 1998
WINEMAKER Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 9,166 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Organically farmed since 2006 – no herbicides, pesticides or insecticides

The Vineyards

The most important thing at Valencisco is the vine. The vineyards are located at an altitude of between 480 and 610 metres above sea level in La Rioja Alta, in Ollauri, Briones, Haro, Rodezno, Gimileo, Zarraton and Villalba. Clay-limestone soils favor the acidity and finesse of the northern tempranillo.

WINE BLEND SOIL TYPES
Valenciso Blanco 70% Viura, 30% Garnacha Blanca Clay-limestone
Valenciso Reserva 100% Tempranillo Clay-limestone
Valenciso 10 Años Después 100% Tempranillo Clay-limestone